FARMERS IN BOSOMTWE DISTRICT RECEIVE THOUSANDS OF PALM SEEDLINGS
As part of the government’s flagship policy to planting for export and rural development, the Bosomtwe District Assembly in the Ashanti Region led by the Hon Lawyer Joseph Akwasi Asuming and the District Agriculture department have supplied palm seedlings to Farmers in the district.
The Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) Programme is a decentralized National Tree Crop Programme to promote rural economic growth and improve household incomes of rural farmers through the provision of certified improved seedlings, extension services, business support and regulatory mechanisms.
Handing over the 21,000 thousand palm seedlings at a short ceremony held at the food and agriculture directorate at Kontanase, the District Chief Executive for Bosomtwe, Hon Lawyer Joseph Akwasi Asuming Esq advised the 250 Farmers present to make use of the free palm seedlings to ensure its profitability to themselves and the country.
He added that this is not the first or last but it’s a yearly program in which the government through the assembly has been providing certified improved seedlings such as coconut and palm seedlings to the farmers to achieve the PERD program.
Lawyer Asuming urged the farmers to make some small irrigation system as a source of water for the plants in case there is a change in the weather condition.
The District Agriculture Director, Mr. Eric Fofie explaining the procedure for the plantation to the farmers said the seedlings are very fertile which were taken from Kade Agric research and have been nursed for 8 months.
He added that the Agric department will deploy extension officers to the various farmers to educate them how to line and peg the seedlings and to also ensure monthly visitation to the farmers.
Two farmers stood on behalf of the entire beneficiaries and praised the President Akuffo-Addo and the Chief Executive Lawyer Joseph Asuming for their immense support.
They assured the government to make use of them so as to yield good results and to achieve the purpose of which the palm seedlings were given.